self-built cinder cone treehouse perches above a skatebowl and hot tub
all images courtesy of foster huntington / the cinder cone
in the spring of 2014, a group of friends led by foster huntington broke ground on a building project in skamania county, washington in the columbia river gorge. the project’s focal point is a multi-platform treehouse, but also includes a skate bowl and a wood fired soaking tub. the crew who worked on ‘the cinder cone’ came from a variety of backgrounds: some were professional carpenters, while others learned on the job, gaining experience along the way.
alongside a short film that documents the process of building his dream home, huntington has been organizing his images, drawings and notes into an instructional photo book – a project that is currently seeking funding on kickstarter.
‘over the course of build, I took thousands of photos and kept sketches, models and notes from the design process,’ explains huntington. ‘my goal is to make something that shows the process from dreaming up a seemingly outlandish idea to the final result after thousands of hours of hard work and the moments that happened in between. I hope that the result ignites the imagination of people’s inner kid and gets ideas going for their own projects.’
a walkway leading to the upper treehouse
construction work took around 12 months to complete
the lower treehouse viewed from the upper dwelling
the crew who worked on the project came from a variety of backgrounds
the structures offer views across the picturesque landscape
the treehouses include an electricity supply
a skate bowl has also been constructed as part of the plan
a wood fired soaking tub encourages outdoor bathing
a book documenting the project is now seeking funding on kickstarter